Posts Tagged ‘songwriter’

JIMMY BUFFETT BIO + LISA SEE, AUTHOR

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Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett. Margaritaville. Yep, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is taking a trip to Margaritaville in search of the lost shaker of salt with author Ryan White out with a new compelling, and rollicking portrait of the legendary pirate captain of Margaritaville as told in the acclaimed music critic’s candid new biography JIMMY BUFFETT, A GOOD LIFE ALL THE WAY. And, we’re suggesting a great new book to read while you bask in the golden sunshine with author Lisa See, her new novel THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE.

Jimmy BuffettJimmy Buffett, the iconic “Pop of Trop Rock,” the Pirate Captain of Margaritaville, the one person we would all like to share a cheeseburger in paradise. Writer, performer, Buffett has earned millions through record sales and top-grossing concert tours, but he is also the CEO behind – and get this – a $1.5 billion-per-year Margaritaville industrial complex, a vast network of merchandise, chain restaurants, resorts, lifestyle products, and now about to open Margaritville retirement homes. But before he became the flip-flop music legend and the CEO of Margaritville, Inc. there was the kid from Pascagoula, Mississippi. There have been a lot of changes in attitudes, changes in latitudes in James William Buffett’s life and Ryan White the author of SPRINGSTEEN: ALBUM BY ALBUM, who has twice been named one of the top feature writers in the country by the Society for Features Journalism explores them all JIMMY BUFFETT, A GOOD LIFE ALL THE WAY.

Jimmy BuffettAuthor Lisa See the four-time New York Times bestselling author whose titles include ON GOLD MOUNTAIN, SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN, SHANGHAI GRILS AND DREAMS OF JOY never disappoints. Her latest novel, THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE is testament, yet another powerful story where east meets west, a story of family, identity, and motherhood, a moving journey through a little-known world that takes the reader on a ride through the magic and mysteries of ancient Chinese culture and the equally mysterious bond of mother and child.

What could be better than cheeseburgers in paradise, nibbling on sponge cake, watching the sun bake and reading a NY Times bestselling novel? Join me, Lisa See and author Ryan White who brings us his new biography of Jimmy Buffet and Lisa See talks her new fiction THE TEA GIRL OF HUMMINGBIRD LANE on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

FORREST GUMP AUTHOR WINSTON GROOM – PAUL SIMON BIOGRAPHER PETER AMES CARLIN

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“Life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” is one of the most memorable lines in cultural history a play on an earlier line penned by the brilliant author Winston Groom in his iconic novel FORREST GUMP. Groom joins Halli on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Wednesday, December 14, 3 pm ET to talk about his latest work EL PASO. Also joining Halli is bestselling author, veteran rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin out with his new controversial PAUL SIMON HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON, the first major biography of American music icon.

Forrest GumpWinston Groom is the author of twenty previous books, including CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ENEMY (Pulitzer Prize finalist), SHILOH 1862, and THE GENERALS. As embodied by Tom Hanks on-screen, Winston Groom’s FORREST GUMP is perhaps one of the most identifiable fictional characters of the last thirty years. EL PASO marks Groom’s triumphant return to form: a swirling, unstoppable saga set against the panorama of the Mexican Revolution and its march into the American Southwest, a you cannot put this one down sweeping novel. Drawing brilliantly from Groom’s award-winning nonfiction and inspired by a true story, EL PASO begins at the turn of the twentieth century with the Great War raging in Europe, the Mexican Civil War spilling over the border, and the titans of American industry—the Hearsts, Whitneys, and Morgans—holding fast to their lands in northern Mexico.

Paul SimonThe first major biography of American music icon, PAUL SIMON, has arrived! Interviewing more than 100 people from Simon’s world, veteran rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin, the bestselling author of the Bruce Springsteen biography, BRUCE, brings us the new book: HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON. With meticulous detail, Carlin fully reveals one whose life and career, in so many ways, exemplifies the American experience from 1950 through today.

History, music, fiction, biography, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show offers up a box of chocolates for your listening pleasure when authors Winston Groom and Peter Ames Carlin sit down with Halli, Wednesday, December 14, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

TOMMY ROE, THE KING OF BUBBLEGUM POP INTERVIEW

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Legendary bubblegum pop singer-songwriter Tommy Roe joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, November 30, 3 pm ET with stories of Dick Clark, The Beatles and more in a rock and roll of a conversation. With hits like Dizzy, Sheila, Sweet Pea, Everybody and Hooray for Hazel, Roe, sometimes referred to as “The King of Bubblegum Rock”, recorded six Top 10 hits between 1962 and 1969, more than any single artist/songwriter during that period of the sixties. Tommy has four Gold Records, and two of his hits topped the Billboard chart at #1.

TOMMY ROE, BEATLES, CHRIS MONTEZWith a total of 11 records reaching the Billboard Top 40 and 23 Billboard Top 100 chart records, Tommy is one of the early pioneers of the American Pop music culture. Now out with a new biography with intros by record mogul Scott Borchetta, Wink Martindale and Republican Pollster, Frank Luntz, FROM CABBAGE TOWN TO TINSELTOWN AND PLACES INBETWEEN is raw, candid, funny, sad encyclopedia of music history. Now 74, Tommy Roe is far more than the music that still brings crowds when he performs. His is a voice that stands for a generation.

tommy-roe-cabbage-bookTune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, November 30, 3 pm ET for some rock and roll nostalgia with that Sweet Pea of a musician, Tommy Roe. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

JOHN FORD COLEY: “LOVE IS THE ANSWER”

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“I’d Really Like To See You Tonight,” “Nights are Forever Without You,” It’s Sad to Belong,” Love is the Answer,” were just a few of the hits of the Grammy nominated soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. Joining Halli at her table is singer, musician, actor, author John Ford Coley.

Texas born and raised, at 16 his music career was well on the way. The classically trained pianist would move to guitar and with his gift for harmony sing his way with his partner and classmate, England Dan to the top of the rock and roll charts. The band would break up but not before the Grammy-nominated duo had six Top 40 singles under their belts. With double platinum and gold records behind him, John has also produced other artists, most notably Eddie Money. He added acting to his repertoire and has penned a book on his years in the music industry entitled BACKSTAGE PASS.

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Stories of Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Mickey Mantle and more, and the extraordinary career of John Ford Coley on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 24, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

AMBROSIA DRUMMER BURLEIGH DRUMMOND

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Progressive rock band Ambrosia with drummer Burleigh Drummond

“How Much I Feel” “Biggest Part of Me” and “You’re the Only Woman” were just a few of the hits of the five-time Grammy Award nominated progressive rock band Ambrosia. The man on the drums and founding member? He is percussionist, producer, songwriter and singer Burleigh Drummond. Ambrosia drummer Burleigh Drummond will be joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 8, 3 pm ET for an in-depth interview.

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Formed in southern California in 1970 as a quartet, along with Burleigh, the groups members included guitarist/vocalist David Pack, bassist/vocalist Joe Puerta and keyboardist Christopher North. They chose the name Ambrosia to represent a vision of their music: all shades, textures, colors and styles. Ambrosia had five Top 40 hit singles on Warner Bros. Drummond is the only Ambrosia drummer/percussionist for the band, and with good reason. There is only one Burleigh Drummond.

A self-described “Army brat,” Drummond’s parents were in the U.S. Army, with his father a full Colonel and his mother an army nurse. The family moved often and ended up being stationed in Ankara, Turkey where as a child Drummond had an experience he found transformative: he watched and listened as artisans hammered out a large copper plate, not unlike a cymbal, “spinning and hammering in sublime synchronicity.” He’s been drumming ever since.

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What becomes a musician? Life as a rock star? A man and his music when Ambrosia drummer Burleigh Drummond visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 8, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

COUNTRY MUSIC SUPER-GROUP THE HIGHWAYMEN

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Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, they were the Highwaymen, the first country music supergroup, the pioneering outlaws who changed country music forever. Wednesday, May 25, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show joining Halli at her table is Jim Brown, producer/director/writer and cinematographer to talk about his new documentary: American Masters — THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END. And Terry Jennings, the oldest son of Waylon Jennings, author of WAYLON, TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD.

The HighwaymenJim Brown is a four-time Emmy Award-winning producer/director/writer and cinematographer who is responsible for some of the most popular and critically acclaimed musical documentary programs of the last four decades. These include 50 Years With Peter, Paul and Mary, Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust-The Bridge to Russia and American Masters – Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END premiers nationwide Friday, May 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series.

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Terry Jennings Waylon, Tales of My Outlaw DadTerry Jennings had a front-row seat to his father’s iconic music career. A complex man, Waylon’s relationship with drugs and women are the stuff of legends. But he was always the consummate musician and at his heart a family man. Terry saw it all and will offer up many surprises.

A look at the supergroup The Highwaymen with producer of THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END, Jim Brown and at the man who was Waylon Jennings with Terry Jennings author of WAYLON, TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD, Wednesday, May 25, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For further information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

JOHN FORD COLEY: “LOVE IS THE ANSWER”

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“I’d Really Like To See You Tonight,” “Nights are Forever Without You,” It’s Sad to Belong,” Love is the Answer,” were just a few of the hits of the Grammy nominated soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. Joining Halli at her table, Wednesday, April 27, 3 pm ET is singer, musician, actor, author John Ford Coley.

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Texas born and raised, at 16 his music career was well on the way. The classically trained pianist would move to guitar and with his gift for harmony sing his way with his partner and classmate, England Dan to the top of the rock and roll charts. The band would break up but not before the Grammy-nominated duo had six Top 40 singles under their belts. With double platinum and gold records behind him, John has also produced other artists, most notably Eddie Money. He added acting to his repertoire and has penned a book on his years in the music industry entitled BACKSTAGE PASS.

Great Reads for $1.99 or less

Stories of Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Mickey Mantle and more, and the extraordinary career of John Ford Coley on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 27, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

SINGER-SONGWRITER of KEY LARGO, BERTIE HIGGINS

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“We had it all, just like Bogie and Bacall,” is the lyric that touched hearts and imaginations and allowed us to sail away to Key Largo. The songwriter? Bertie Higgins, whose Key Largo blew a hole in the U.S. charts when it reached number one in the nation, and went on to become an international hit. For Higgins, it was only the beginning. Wednesday, March 16, 3 pm ET Bertie Higgins joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Come sail away.

Like his great, great grandfather, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German poet who penned “Faust”, Bertie Higgins is a storyteller. Bertie, who once supported himself as a sponge diver, began his career in show business at the age of twelve as a ventriloquist. But music was in his heart and he became drummer for the Tommy Roe band, The Roemans. He toured the world alongside the Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Tom Jones, Roy Orbison, Manfred Mann, Peter and Gordon, The Dave Clark Five and many more. Tiring of the rigors of the road and yearning to make his own musical statement, Bertie left The Roemans, put down his drumsticks, picked up a guitar and began crafting music and lyrics. The rest, as they say is history.

Trop rock, yacht rock, romance, Key Largo, sail away with Halli and her guest, singer/songwriter, musician Bertie Higgins for an hour of romance and reminiscing on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 16, 3 pm ET. For more about the show visit Halli Casser-Jayne.com.

CAROLE KING: DIRECTOR GEORGE SCOTT & PLAYWRIGHT DOUGLAS MCGRATH

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The career of singer-songwriter Carole King is unparalleled. To date, more than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles. Now, King tells her own story in the new documentary American Masters – CAROLE KING: NATURAL WOMAN, premiering nationwide Friday, February 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Wednesday, February 18, 3 pm ET The Halli Casser-Jayne Show previews the film when joining Halli at her table is the director of the documentary, filmaker George Scott and Douglas McGrath who wrote the book for the award-winning BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, a contributor to George Scott’s Carole King documentary.

CaroleKingAmericanMaterslogoOriginally from Scotland, George Scott is a director of arts and music documentaries, as well as live concert films. His intimate portraits of musicians and artists have received wide acclaim and large audiences, and are renowned for getting ‘under the skin’ of their subjects. ENGLAND’S OTHER ELIZABETH, his film on Elizabeth Taylor was the highest-rated program ever in the BBC Omnibus Series 30 year history. Other portrait subjects have included Carla Bruni, the The Pep Shop Boys, as well as portraits of Barry White, Neil Sedaka and more.

CaroleKindBeauftifulMusicalcoverMost recently, Douglas McGrath directed the HBO documentary BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS. He collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, for which he and Mr. Allen were nominated for both an Academy Award and a BAFTA award. He was twice nominated for a Writers Guild of America award, in 1995 for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, and in 1997 for EMMA. Some of his other directing credits include COMPANY MAN and NICHOLAS NICKLEBY. Besides writing for the New Republic, he has also written for the New Yorker, The Nation, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair. He began his career as a writer for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. He wrote the book for the highly-acclaimed Broadway show BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL which was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

A conversation with George Scott and Douglas McGrath in a preview of the new PBS, American Masters documentary CAROLE KING: NATURAL WOMAN, Wednesday, February 17, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

UP NEXT: PETER BECKETT & RONN MOSS OF “PLAYER” & THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

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Peter Beckett, the triple threat singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the rock band Player, which scored a U.S. #1 hit with “Baby Come Back” and fellow band member and former star of daytime television’s soap THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL as Ridge Forrester, Ronn Moss join Halli at her table Wednesday, January 6, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

Born in the Aigburth district of Liverpool, England, Beckett was greatly influenced by seeing the Beatles perform at the famous Cavern Club. At 16, he recorded his first record, “All Night Stand”, with a band called The Thoughts. He moved on to play with other groups before relocating to Los Angeles, ultimately teaming with JC Crowley, Ronn Moss (The Bold and the Beautiful’s chisel-jawed Ridge Forrester), and John Friesen in 1976 to form Player. And that’s just the beginning. He would go on to write for such notable artists as Janet Jackson, Olivia Newton-John, The Temptations and Kenny Rogers as well as for films and television during the 1980s. He joined up with Little River Band in 1989 and toured with them for over eight years.

ronn mossRonn Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles. He grew up surrounded by the theatre, concert, and rock & roll music world. At age 11, he started learning to play the drums, guitar and electric bass. In 1976, he joined PLAYER primarily as bassist and singer. In 1987, Moss was offered the role of “Ridge Forrester” on the then new soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. He accepted the part, which he played for 25 years, winning fans worldwide.

Now the babies have come back to their roots — Peter Beckett and Ronn Moss on the road again with Player. They stop by The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, January 5, 3 pm ET for a little reminiscing. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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